#30: Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)

Ingrid Bergman experiences the land of God in Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film Stromboli. A young woman, Karin, and her new husband move to his homeland of Stromboli, where she struggles to adapt to life in a small town on a volcanic island. This deeply layered work explores isolation and the relationship between man and nature; and even the volcano itself plays a variety of roles: as a mother and provider; a geological manifestation of hell, as the landscape of Karin’s own Divine Comedy; and an encounter with God, full of terror and wonder.

Plus: the David di Donatello awards, the new film Mondocane, tidbits from my trip to Sicily, and more.


This episode features music excerpts from the film’s soundtrack.


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